by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
A commentor sent,
“I'd love to hear Reb Akiva's opinion on dangers facing Jews in Israel now vs. Jews in America. What do you think the ramifications of declaring a PA state are for the Jews living in Yesha [West Bank] (and elsewhere in Israel) are? What about when Egypt elects the muslim brotherhood and faces it's ARMY against Israel? Etc etc etc.
Or, on the other hand, what are the dangers facing American Jews? I'd love to hear your cool minded opinion. But please, don't bring any modern day rabbis who say we're safe. We've heard them before the Holocaust, and we've heard them before the disengagement. Nuf' said. Try to think Zev Zhabotinsky rather.”
Right now we’re also hearing the statements of a new person (who may either be a mekubal, hidden tzaddik, a psychic, or a truck driver with Jerusalem syndrome) declaring loudly that the world is turning on the Jews and the solution is to come to Israel immediately (or at least send your sefer Torah’s).
And to add some extra pressure in the mix we have heard several statements from true and known tzaddikim that events will change significantly by the 17th of Iyar this year (that’s the day before Lag B’Omer and a Shabbat) and those Jews who are able should make their way to Israel before then.
In the midst of this the world situation has become chaotic. During the last two months major natural disasters have hit New Zealand, Australia, and Brazil. The Arab world is undergoing a transformative revolution with revolution or rebellion in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Baharain, Oman, Yemen, and protests in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Iran and rumblings and weird politics in Lebanon, Syria and Pakistan (which Wikileaks recently showed has an estimated 100 nuclear weapons).
Not to be left out are protests continuing in Greece, the almost financial collapse of Ireland, and North Korea attacking South Korea.
With the growing world chaos, frightening enough by itself, there has also been a massive increase in anti-semitism, anti-semitic attitudes and a general “blame the Jews” syndrome. It’s become physically unsafe to walk as an identified Jew through parts of France (including the capital Paris), unsafe to be a Jew living in certain towns in Sweden and Holland, a target if you’re a Jew in India, and a life threatening (or rape) event to even be called a Jew in Turkey or Egypt.
So in the midst of all this, if you’re a Jew is it time to move to Israel (or not, is it all just hype and over-reporting)?
DON’T FREAK OUT (just yet), I’ll give my response in my next post (but it’s going to take a bit of time to write.)